Bringing the family?

We can’t wait to meet you, here’s the information you need to make the most of your visit.

What is there to do?

Go shopping in our Penny Bazaar, get creative in the Design Studio and strike a pose in our dressing-up collection. There are trails to do and hands-on exhibits to explore, don’t forget to check our What’s On page for our Crafty Saturdays and special events too.

“This is our first visit, but it won’t be our last. We shall be telling friends about our fun visit here.”

Sparky Saturday visitor 

Access and SEND

Colour image of a child's backpack with contents arranged in front.

Everyone is welcome here at the Archive

To help you prepare for your visit you can download our visual story and a sensory map of the exhibition. You can pick up one of our sensory backpacks to use during your visit, they’re free to use, just collect one from the Reception desk.

What's in our sensory backpacks?

Soft-touch fruit and veg shapes, feely fabric squares, smell cubes, fidget toy, Percy Pig, ear defenders, round coloured viewers, magnifying glass, pennies, PECS board and symbols.

Access Info

All our access information can be found on our Plan Your Visit page

Pre-visit Downloads

You’ll find more ideas for preparing for a visit, as well as activities to do when you get home, on our Families page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Here and Parking

We’re located on the University of Leeds campus, near Hyde Park. There are two Blue Badge car parking spaces outside the Archive, but no other car parking is available on site. For more information about how to find us and nearby car parking please click the red button.


We’ve got level access throughout and plenty of space for buggies, baby changing facilities and an accessible toilet. We welcome breastfeeding. There are free lockers for bags and coats, and the exhibition is fully air-conditioned to keep everyone comfortable too.

Food and Drink

We don’t have a cafe on site, so you might want to plan how to fuel everyone up around your visit. We do have a refreshment area where you’re welcome to eat your own food.

“We love the dressing up and colouring in, and looking at the displays. Such a lovely atmosphere too.”

Natalie, parent